Chasing the Checkers
During Friday’s qualifying session, Marco Andretti fell just short of the time needed to advance through to the second round of qualifying, earning the U.S. Concrete team a 14th starting position.
When the green flag waved over Saturday’s 85-lap race, a caution period soon fell followed with an incident on the opening lap. Andretti made it through unscathed, however, the third-generation driver suffered through an issue during Saturday morning’s warm up resulting in a quick engine change for the U.S. Concrete crew. In a less-than-ideal scenario, Andretti fell to the rear of the field while his fresh engine was “ran in” and caught up to speed. A loss in preparation times due to the engine change prevented the 98 team from making further advancements to the car’s race setup. The No. 98 team then battled through handling issues before bringing his Andretti-Herta machine home 13th.
With the INDYCAR Grand Prix in the books, the Andretti Herta Autosport team looks ahead to Opening Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday, ahead of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 27.
In His Words
“After an issue in warm up this morning, we had to bring in a new engine – so we started the race on a fresh one, which meant we literally went to the back, just waiting for the engine to get run-in. With the lost time on the engine change before the race, there were some other car changes we weren’t able to make, so we were stuck with a mechanical change that we knew wasn’t going to be good all day. We just sort of hung in there and did what we could to get through the day. It was more of a salvage than anything, but a big thanks to the U.S. Concrete boys for hanging in there.”